Dr. Anthony Fauci: Coronavirus Vaccine May Not Provide Immunity for Very Long

June 5, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified June 8, 2020

In an article written by CNBC, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci, says he worries about the “durability” of a potential coronavirus vaccine. He feels there’s a chance it may not provide long-term immunity.

“When you look at the history of coronaviruses, the common coronaviruses that cause the common cold, the reports in the literature are that the durability of immunity that’s protective ranges from three to six months to almost always less than a year,” he said. “That’s not a lot of durability and protection.”

When asked whether scientists will be able to find an effective vaccine, Fauci said he’s “cautiously optimistic,” adding that “there’s never a guarantee.” He cautioned “it could take months and months and months to get an answer” before scientists discover whether the vaccine works. 

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